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It’s the last weekend of August, which means its time to get in all those summer activities before September begins!

Lucky for us, there are plenty of fun events and celebrations happening. 

This weekend, eat some delicious Greek food, visit the sunflower festival and catch a comedy show.

If you’re looking to really celebrate the last moments of warm summer nights, check out a free movie in the park in Sidney. 

Here are 24 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, August 26th to 28th

Visit a sunflower festival

Get ready to soak up these last few weeks of sweet summer sunshine at one of our favourite local hidden gems—the Saanichton Sunflower Festival is back!

This is one seasonal pastime that you’re not going to want to miss out on before it’s gone, as the flowers only bloom until early September.

The Saanichton Sunflower Festival is nestled within the fields of the stunning Ocean View States, located on the Saanich Peninsula.

  • When: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Where: 7979 Central Saanich Road
  • Tickets: Available online

Enjoy Greek cuisine at Greek Fest

Greek Fest, the highly-anticipated, mouth watering event kicks off this weekend, August 26th to 28th and continues next weekend.

This year, you can order your favourite Greek dishes to dine at the event or take to go. Online ordering for take-out orders will open two days before the event, with a priority pickup line. 

There will also be live performances from over 20 groups, including music and dancing. Some have even travelled all the way from Greece!

  • Location: 4648 Elk Lake Drive (In front of Commonwealth Place)
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., August 26th to 28th and September 2nd to 5th
  • Order: Pre-order online or pay on-site (cash only). 
  • Admission: Free

Attend Saanich’s two day flavour festival 

Do you aim to shop local when doing your weekly grocery shopping?

The North Saanich Flavour Trail is a year round celebration of local harvesters, fishers, vintners, artists, chefs, products and more, right here in our own backyard!

These vendors are open all season, allowing locals to bike, car or walk to meet those creating delicious and amazing things in North Saanich. 

This weekend however, locals will be treated to the North Saanich Flavour Trail Festival, a two day event which includes over 20 venues allowing you to meet the makers, take the tours and visit the vendors.

Get out and support local! A list of vendor locations can be found here!

  • Where: All over North Saanich. You can view vendor locations here
  • When: Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th

Malahat Skywalk Summer Saturdays

The Malahat Skywalk are celebrating their one year anniversary with their new ‘Summer Saturdays’ series!

On Saturdays in August, the Malahat Skywalk will be open late, with live music and  discounts on tickets after 5 p.m. 

This weekend, you can enjoy the musical stylings of Jaimey Hamilton. 

You can see a full list of entertainment here

  • Where :901 Trans-Canada Hwy, Malahat Skywalk
  • When: 9:30 a.m to 8 p.m., August 13th, 20th and 27th

Watch a free movie in the park

This Saturday, gather your friends, pack some snacks and a chair or blanket and enjoy a special  outdoor movie in the park. 

The Parent Trap will be playing at Iroquois Park, with entrance to the event at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Where: Iroquois Park
  • When: 7 p.m. entrance, 8 p.m. movie, Saturday August 27th

See a comedy show at Hecklers 

Looking for a laugh? Hecklers is ready to fulfill your comedy needs every Saturday night!

  • Where: 123 Gorge Road East, Hecklers Bar and Grill
  • When: Dino Archie: 8 p.m., Saturday, August 27th
  • Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online here.

James Bay Market

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The James Bay Market has been in operation for 28 years. Visitors can still support local farms, food producers and craft vendors when they visit the James Bay staple.

  • When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from May 7th to September 24th
  • Where: Corner of Menzies and Superior Street

Goldstream Farmers Market

Everything at the Goldstream Farmers Market is homemade, handmade or home grown. 

Vendors offer local fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads and goodies, unique and quality crafts and textile creations. There is also live music, a water park and food trucks.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from May to October
  • Where: Veterans’ Memorial Park, Langford

Sooke Country Market

From April to October, you can find farm fresh veggies, crafts, baking, art and more at the Sooke Country Market. 

The market is located in John Phillips Park, near the Sooke District Hall.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from April 23rd to October 8th
  • Where: Memorial Park, John Philips, Sooke

Moss Street Market

Summer 2022 marks the 31st season of the Moss Street Market. The family favourite offers local and organic produce, handmade crafts, artisan clothing as well as community education.

Moss Street Market now offers an online market with delivery and pick up options. The organization also runs a Winter Market (November through April).

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday May through October
  • Where: 401 Moss Street, Sir James Douglas school grounds, surrounding boulevards and Porter Park

North Saanich Farm Market

2022 marks the 15th year of the North Saanich Farm Market!

The market is made possible by the love and work of many local growers, crafters, bakers, vintners and brewers and the dedicated volunteers and board. 

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays from June 5th to October
  • Where: 10990 West Saanich Road

Peninsula Country Market

The Peninsula Country Market has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts.

  • When: 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanich Fairgrounds
  • Where: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays from June 4th to October 8th

James Bay Market

The James Bay Market has been in operation for 28 years. Visitors can still support local farms, food producers and craft vendors when they visit the James Bay staple.

  • When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from May 7th to September 24th
  • Where: Corner of Menzies and Superior Street

Goldstream Farmers Market

Everything at the Goldstream Farmers Market is homemade, handmade or home grown. 

Vendors offer local fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads and goodies, unique and quality crafts and textile creations. There is also live music, a water park and food trucks.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from May to October
  • Where: Veterans’ Memorial Park, Langford

Sooke Country Market

From April to October, you can find farm fresh veggies, crafts, baking, art and more at the Sooke Country Market. 

The market is located in John Phillips Park, near the Sooke District Hall.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from April 23rd to October 8th
  • Where: Memorial Park, John Philips, Sooke

Moss Street Market

Summer 2022 marks the 31st season of the Moss Street Market. The family favourite offers local and organic produce, handmade crafts, artisan clothing as well as community education.

Moss Street Market now offers an online market with delivery and pick up options. The organization also runs a Winter Market (November through April).

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday May through October
  • Where: 401 Moss Street, Sir James Douglas school grounds, surrounding boulevards and Porter Park

North Saanich Farm Market

2022 marks the 15th year of the North Saanich Farm Market!

The market is made possible by the love and work of many local growers, crafters, bakers, vintners and brewers and the dedicated volunteers and board. 

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays from June 5th to October
  • Where: 10990 West Saanich Road

Peninsula Country Market

The Peninsula Country Market has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts.

  • When: 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanich Fairgrounds
  • Where: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays from June 4th to October 8th

Gorge Waterway BioBlitz 

This Sunday, visit Gorge Park for a day of education and fundraising. 

The Gorge BioBlitz offers nature walks, friendly competition and prizes as you learn to identify local species. All ages and knowledge levels are welcome!

  • Where: Esquimalt Gorge Park (in front of the Nature House) 
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday August 28th

Metchosin Farmers Market

This summer, take a relaxing drive into Metchosin country, where the sheep and cattle graze and the rolling hills beckon.

Buy your fresh vegetables, breads, jams, salsa, baked goods and gifts (or crafts) for your loved ones.

  • When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays from May 8th to October 30th
  • Where: 4450 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin Municipal Grounds

Sidney Farmers Market

The Sidney Farmers Market is back with artisans, baking, clothing, health and beauty, entertainment and more!

Check out their website weekly for updated vendor lists.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays from May 8th to September 25th
  • Where: Outdoor parking area of Mary Winspear Centre

Try Japanese shaved ice

Summer’s not quite over yet, and there’s one hidden gem in town serving up a treat that’s sure to cool you down and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Oni-Oni is a Japanese treat shop tucked away at 585 Johnson Street, and houses an incredible selection of specialty snacks—including their very own shaved ice!

The icy dessert—called Kakigori—comes in 5 flavours including strawberry, melon, blue Hawaiian, yuzu and Oni-Oni’s housemade matcha.

Book a stay in this new ‘Friends’ themed AirBnB

‘The One with the Purple Apartment’, a Friends themed Airbnb, has just launched, and the interior is right out of the 90s sitcom. 

The 350 square feet condo is painted the signature Friends purple, stocked up with signature memorabilia such as a Central Perk sign, umbrellas and even a ‘Pivot!’ painting hanging on the wall.

The condo includes a loft bedroom, a pull out couch, high ceilings, large windows and a skylight.

You can check out the themed Airbnb and book here!

Try a delicious waffle

Breakfast food can be enjoyed any time of day.

And when it comes to waffles, there are plenty of options that can take your favourite breakfast dish to the next level.

They don’t have to be sweet, restaurants all around Victoria offer delicious savoury options!

You can check out our list here!

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